NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans (2-1) conclude their preseason schedule this week, welcoming the New Orleans Saints (2-2) to LP Field (capacity 69,143). Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. CDT on Thursday, Aug. 30.
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The Saints provide the Titans' final test before their regular-season slate begins on Sept. 9 with a home game against the New England Patriots. The game also gives players a final chance to prove their value, as the roster must be pared from 75 to 53 players by late Friday evening (8 p.m. CDT, Aug. 31).
The game will be televised regionally on the Titans Preseason TV Network, including flagship WKRN-Channel 2 in Nashville. Cory Curtis will handle play-by-play duties, while former Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck will provide analysis. Dawn Davenport will report from the sidelines.
The Titans Radio Network, including Nashville flagship 104.5 The Zone, will broadcast the game across the Mid-South with the "Voice of the Titans" Mike Keith, color commentator Frank Wycheck, sideline reporter Cody Allison and gameday host Larry Stone.
LAST WEEK AGAINST ARIZONA
The Titans won their second consecutive game last week with a 32-27 victory over the Arizona Cardinals at LP Field.
The Titans scored 24 of their points as a result of five Arizona turnovers. Middle linebacker Colin McCarthy led the way with two interceptions, the second of which he returned 31 yards for a touchdown. His three total interceptions this preseason rank first in the NFL.
Defensive end Kamerion Wimbley, making his home debut at LP Field after signing as a free agent during the offseason, notched two of the Titans' four sacks in the game.
Second-year quarterback Jake Locker was named the club's long-term starter by head coach Mike Munchak during the week leading up to the game. The 2011 first-round pick responded by completing 11 of 20 passes for 134 yards, a pair of touchdowns and no interceptions (109.2 passer rating) in three quarters against the Cardinals. His two touchdowns went for 10 yards to rookie Kendall Wright and 28 yards to Nate Washington.
The Saints play their fifth preseason game this week. They beat the Arizona Cardinals 17-10 in the Hall of Fame Game and followed that with consecutive losses at the New England Patriots (6-7) and against the Jacksonville Jaguars (24-27). Last week they bounced back with a 34-27 home victory over the Houston Texans.
Quarterback Drew Brees helped lead the Saints to a 13-3 record and a NFC South title in 2011. He set a new NFL record by passing for 5,476 yards, along with 46 touchdown passes. Last week against the Texans he passed for 179 yards and a pair of touchdowns in one half of action.
CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS DRIVE
Fans are encouraged to bring their old cellular phones to the Titans-Saints game and donate them at collection sites outside of LP Field. The collection will benefit Cell Phones for Soldiers, a non-profit that collects old cell phones, sells them for recycling and then uses the income to purchase prepaid calling cards for U.S. servicemen and women stationed overseas.